Florida and LSU were supposed to have layup games this weekend. Instead, a postponement caused last month by Hurricane Matthew has led to the best game in the SEC this weekend.
If the Gators win, they are SEC East champions. If the Gators lose, Tennessee can clinch the division with wins over Missouri this weekend and Vanderbilt next weekend. LSU needs to win to improve its chances of making the Sugar Bowl as the SEC’s representative.
This game was scheduled to be played in Gainesville, Fla. Instead, LSU somehow strong-armed the SEC into moving it to Baton Rouge, La. It doesn’t matter where it’s played, the Tigers (minus-14.5) will win and cover against the injury-ravaged Gators.
Against the spread: LSU
Oklahoma (minus-3) at West Virginia: The Sooners (8-2) are lurking at No. 9 in the College Football Playoff standings. If they can knock off the one-loss Mountaineers, they could make a jump and might find themselves in the top four conversation if we have anymore chaos like last weekend.
ATS: West Virginia
Indiana at Michigan (minus-24): The Wolverines will be angry coming off their first loss of the season, and they also have to deal with the loss of starting quarterback Wilton Speight due to a collarbone injury. John O’Korn will take over the job but chances are he’s not going to throw it much because Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh probably wants to work on his running game after last week.
Virginia Tech (minus-1) at Notre Dame: You can find this game with either team giving the point. Amazingly, the Irish have to win this week AND next week against Southern Cal to get bowl eligible. They aren’t going to get there.
Straight: Virginia Tech
ATS: Virginia Tech
Ole Miss (minus-10) at Vanderbilt: I know it sounds silly to call the Rebels the best five-loss team in the country, but I’ll stand by it nonetheless. Ole Miss, which took the redshirt off quarterback Shea Patterson just last week due to an injury to starter Chad Kelly, will cover, easily.
Straight: Ole Miss
ATS: Ole Miss
Arizona State at Washington (minus-27): The Huskies can’t stumble and probably need some help to still to get into the CFB Playoff. They got some help Thursday night when Houston obliterated Louisville, the No. 5 team in the CFB rankings. Now the No. 6 Huskies look to be in good shape after either Michigan or Ohio State loses next week.
Arkansas at Mississippi State (minus-2): The Bulldogs have to beat the Razorbacks and then Ole Miss just to get bowl eligible. Arkansas will end the dream here.
Ohio State (minus-22.5) at Michigan State: The Spartans aren’t what they were, but it’s still weird to see them as three-touchdown underdogs at home. Of course, the Buckeyes have beaten each of their last two opponents 62-3. If Ohio State beats Michigan State and then Michigan to end the season, it will be the CFB Playoff without playing in the Big Ten title game. (Assuming Penn State takes care of its business.)
Straight: Ohio State
ATS: Michigan State
Missouri at Tennessee (minus-16): Tennessee will have one eye on the Florida-LSU game even if head coach Butch Jones says he won’t. The Volunteers need to be worried about taking care of the Tigers and Commodores to end the season. They can’t have any more slipups this year after being upset by the Gamecocks.
Southern Cal (minus-13) at UCLA: The Trojans’ win over Washington last week was no fluke. Southern Cal is a new team under quarterback Sam Darnold, a freshman who was inserted midway through the season (sound familiar Gamecocks fans?). UCLA, the team that was supposed to own Los Angeles this year, is 4-6.
Straight: Southern Cal
ATS: Southern Cal
Last week: 5-4 straight, 6-3 against the spread
Season: 77-34 straight, 54-55-2 against the spread